Nick Offerman puts the 'come' in comedy with the Summer of 69 tour

Hollywood comedic royalty, the hilarious power couple of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, bring their “comedic sex-ed” to town Wednesday on their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour.

Best known individually as the bacon-and-buffet-loving Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, and the nasal and crass Karen from Will and Grace, this time out, the twosome are treating tour-goers to a highly suggestive ode to their 15-year romance.

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Westender caught up with Offerman to find out just what we can expect from this travelling sex show.

Why do we need to know about your sex life?

Why do we need oxygen? Why do we crave the flesh of the pig with salivating fervor? Why does weed feel so periwinkle?

Should we talk about the analogy of your love for all things wood?

There is no need for childish punditry. Erections, both full and semi, not to mention flaccidity are discussed with utter candor in our “copulate-TED” talk. Also covered are some delightful new euphemisms for seminal fluid, and let’s not ever forget the clitoris.

Is Summer of 69 the funnier, more unabashedly open, weird alter-ego of Annapurna (the Off-Broadway play also co-starring Mullally, also about love, also with charged emotion)?

Not precisely. Annapurna is a sincere and exceptionally written two-handed drama by the estimable Sharr White, whilst Summer of 69: No Apostrophe is a litany of explicit biological descriptions of the various forms of fornication and their concomitant assorted effluvia. Also, a good deal of sweet romance topped with just a dollop of blasphemy and bacon mousse.

Nothing weird, however, no. The songs are classically American, like if Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote about pussy. 

What’s it like performing this show in the red states vs. the blue states? And now, in Canada?

We had recognized in ourselves an initial trepidation at assaying this material in front of the macho, rifle-slinging ladies of the more conservative states, but we seem to have escaped un-riddled. Our show is quite harmless and ribald; good, clean fun. We love Canada and she loves us, so far, so I’m hoping to continue that tradition. Canadians seem to appreciate the value of humour without needing to politicize it, which makes for a peaceful, easy feeling (to make a figure of speech).

Would Ron Swanson and Karen Walker have gotten past the first date?

It seems unlikely that Karen would ever have found herself in Indiana, and Ron historically refuses to leave the state, so I’d say the first date itself would be the challenge. However, should it occur, Karen does look an awful lot like a more affluent Tammy 2, so that first date might just never end. I guess that’s pretty much our marriage when I think about it, except I’m not as much of a sweetheart as Ron Swanson and Megan has better tits.

Whose is the greatest love story of all time? Why?

Sweet Lord, that’s tough. Bogart and Bacall? Quasimodo and Esmerelda? Dawson and Joey? No. I can see clearly now, the reign of Parks and Recreation is gone from production (but hopefully not our hearts). The greatest love story of all time is between Ron Swanson and L’il Sebastian, God rest his goddamn cute and magnificent little horse-heart. Why? Well, just look at him. 

• Summer of 69: No Apostrophe arrives at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for one night only, Wednesday, April 29 at 8pm.

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